歌う

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
うた
Grade: 2
kun’yomi

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Etymology[edit]

From classical verb 歌ふ (utafu), itself derived from , , (uta, song, poetry) + auxiliary verb (fu, indicating repetitive or ongoing action).

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Verb[edit]

歌う (transitive, godan conjugation, hiragana うたう, rōmaji utau, historical hiragana うたふ)

  1. to sing
  2. to compose poetry
  3. to recite poetry
  4. to tweet, said of birds
    Synonym: 鳴く (naku)

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Usage notes[edit]

The alternative spelling 謡う (utau) is usually reserved to 謡曲 (yōkyoku, Noh songs).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ 1974, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Second Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō